The ninth edition of the Citi Open in Washington will take place at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center between July 29 - August 4, with Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Sofia Kenin as the title contenders. The 15-year-old Cori Gauff will be in Washington as well, hoping to get a qualifying spot which probably won't happen as she needs plenty withdrawals to enter the event.
Of course, a super talented youngster who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon would have been in the main draw with a wild card although the organizers could not have given her one as she already "spent" three in Miami, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, a maximum number at her age group.
Despite that, Cori is ready to spend an exciting week in the capital, hosting the Citi Open Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation on Sunday, July 28, and setting the practice runs with better-ranked and more experienced players.
After that historic Wimbledon run, Gauff has secured the spot in the top-150 and will almost certainly get the opportunity to compete in the main draw at the US Open at the end of August. “Coco’s story is a perfect fit with the history and mission of our tournament and, as potentially the next great American star, she also embodies our future and our reimagination of this storied tennis event,” said Mark Ein, Chairman of MDE Tennis.
“Coco’s fairytale run at Wimbledon captured the hearts of fans worldwide and Washington DC cannot wait to host her first post-Wimbledon tennis appearance back in the United States at the Citi Open. We hope she gets into the qualifying but if not, we will provide our community and her fans a great opportunity to meet here and watch her play and practice as she prepares for the US Open”.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be in front of American fans in our nation’s capital at the Citi Open,” said Coco Gauff. “The last few weeks have been amazing and I’m excited about coming to Washington, D.C.
to connect with all the fans, especially the young kids, who have been giving me so much support this summer. Hopefully, I will also have the opportunity to keep this momentum going on the court starting at the Citi Open straight through the US Open”.